- domineering; dictatorial; haughtily or rudely arrogant.
- of overwhelming or critical importance.
Origin of overbearing
- to bear over or down by weight or force: With his superior strength he easily overbore his opponent in the fight.
- to overcome or overwhelm: A spirited defense had overborne the enemy attack.
- to prevail over or overrule (wishes, objections, etc.): She overbore all objections to the new plan.
- to treat in a domineering way; dominate: to overbear one's children with threats of violence.
- Nautical. (of a sailing ship) to have the advantage of (another sailing ship) because of an ability to carry more canvas safely.
- to produce fruit or progeny so abundantly as to impair the health.
Origin of overbear
Related Words for overbearingdictatorial, oppressive, imperious, high-handed, cocky, autocratic, bossy, tyrannical, cavalier, despotic, disdainful, dogmatic, egotistic, haughty, imperative, imperial, insolent, magisterial, officious, overweening
Examples from the Web for overbearing
Contemporary Examples of overbearing
Overbearing regulations prevent people from doing their jobs.Red Tape Is Strangling Good Samaritans
Philip K. Howard
December 27, 2014
Many former employees described Masters as a demanding, overbearing micromanager who had no boundaries.The Godfather of Right-Wing Radio
November 23, 2014
In April 1992, U.S. News and World Report, called her the “overbearing yuppie wife from hell.”The GOP's History of Sexist Hillary-Bashing
December 26, 2013
Loud, overbearing, and unseemly, he is the very personification of the human id in a mock turtleneck and gold chain.‘Ray Donovan’: Is the Liev Schreiber–Led Showtime Drama The Next ‘Sopranos’?
June 28, 2013
His father was near senility, his mother was overbearing, and the household was in financial straits.The Professor and the Doomsday Clock: ‘A Confederacy of Dunces’ & Signs of John Kennedy Toole’s Suicide
December 17, 2012
Historical Examples of overbearing
We never could get along together at all, because he is so high-strung and overbearing.The Little Colonel
Annie Fellows Johnston
There was something so ruthless in the boy, so overbearing and heartless.Dust
Mr. and Mrs. Haldeman-Julius
That was because he found his overbearing tactics did not work.One Day's Courtship
His manner, where he wished to conciliate, was pleasing; but to me it was overbearing and unpleasant.Wilfrid Cumbermede
He was brutal and overbearing with the workmen, but humble in the presence of his superiors.A Zola Dictionary
J. G. Patterson
- domineering or dictatorial in manner or action
- of particular or overriding importance or significance
- (tr) to dominate or overcometo overbear objections
- (tr) to press or bear down with weight or physical force
- to produce or bear (fruit, progeny, etc) excessively
figurative present participle adjective from overbear (v.) in its sense "to bear down."